Council of Senior Professionals 10/22

The Senior Professionals seminar for today Tuesday, October 22 (2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in SCC 103) features the first of three seminars on "75 Years in the Making" of FPU with a focus on administrative and board perspectives. Kevin Enns-Rempel will open the session, followed by a panel of Larry Martens, Richard Kriegbaum, Al Warkentine and Dalton Reimer. 

From its beginnings in Russia in 1860, the Mennonite Brethren Church has considered education important. Within only a few decades of their arrival in the United States, the Mennonite Brethren established Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas in 1908. It quickly became a recognized school for the training of both U.S. and Canadian Mennonite Brethren students. So what in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s led to the creation of Pacific Bible Institute (not college) in 1944? 

Tabor College was always considered to be THE Mennonite Brethren liberal arts college. So what in the 1950s and 1960s led to changing PBI to Pacific College in 1960, and to it becoming an accredited four-year liberal arts college in 1965? 

In the 1970s Pacific College moved beyond its undergraduate curriculum, in the 1980s it extended its mission beyond its original denominational boundaries, in the 1990s it became a university, and in the 2000s it physically expanded itself beyond its Chestnut campus. So what in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s led to changing Pacific College to Fresno Pacific University in 1997? 

Kevin Enns-Rempel will briefly answer the above three questions, after which a panel of former administrators and board members will explore the following consequences of the three transitions: 

1. On Denominational Relationship: From Close and Supportive to a Broadened Base and More Independent 

2. On Financial Support: From Mennonite Brethren Churches to Tuition, Government Financial Aid, and Professionalized Fund-Raising

3. On Campus Development: From a Cotton Field to a Main Campus and Four Regional Centers.